Pounding on the 21st Century Church Door

A Review of “Building Civilization on the Bible” by Jay Grimstead, founder and director of Coalition on Revival, & Eugene Calvin Clingman, Administrator of the International Church Council Project, Nordskog Publishing, Ventura, California, 2014.

In the spirit of Martin Luther, Grimstead called theologians and Christian leaders to an “International Council on Biblical Inerrancy” (ICBI) in 1977. They included the following: Francis Schaeffer, RC Sproul, Norman Geisler, JI Packer, DJ Kennedy, Bill Bright and fifty others to form what he called a “theological army” to defend the inerrancy of the Bible.

This book is a compilation of 24 treatises written over a thirty-seven year period, the work of some three hundred theologians who met together and discussed how to combat the flood of false teachings currently sweeping through the portals of the evangelical church. These men wrote papers to deal with issues such as: the Kingdom of God, the Omniscience of God, the Atonement, the eternal fate of unbelievers, along with Socialism, Feminism, Abortion, and Homosexuality. They wanted to see the Bible applied to every sphere of life and ministry, i.e., in law, government, economics, the media, medicine, science, the family, evangelism, and discipleship, a monumental undertaking.

The crown of Grimstead’s life work  is promoting a vision for an International Church Council, modeled after the Nicene Council, to gather in Wittenburg, Germany in October 2017, coinciding with the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses nailed to the Wittenburg Castle church door which sparked the Reformation. It will be interesting to see whether this will become a reality.

I am reminded of a scripture in Amos 8:11 where he warns of a “famine of the Word of the Lord” brought by a pastor who is burdened for young people attending Christian colleges, who are incredibly ignorant of the scriptures and have a very fuzzy idea of basic doctrines.

In lieu of the foggy climate in today’s Christian circles, I think this book has a lot of research to offer in reaffirming the Faith of our Fathers. And in the present age of renewed persecution against Christians by brutally zealous Islamic militants, the next generation needs to be able to give valid reasons for “the hope within us”.

 

 

 

 

 

A Valentine Meditation

 

 

 

 

GUARD YOUR HEART above all things, 

for it determines, the course of your life.

Proverbs 4:23

 

We guard what we treasure with our own life: someone or something so precious,  irreplaceable, or  invaluable.

But guard it from what? Oh my….so many things, events, people. Guard it from hatred and bitterness or you will poison your own soul and the souls of others.

Guard your own thoughts, ambitions, desires, and fantasies from selfishness and idolatries.

Your physical heart needs protection as well…from a dearth of exercise and a plethora of poor food choices. It faithfully beats 10,000 times a day.

Within and without: your heart is the centerpiece of your whole life.

Everything to do with life and health revolves around its core. You alone have the key. So guard it well.

There is an interesting history behind this holiday. On February 14, 269 AD, a young priest named Valentinus was beheaded by Emperor Claudius II because he refused to stop marrying young couples. Claudius wanted to keep his soldiers strong and valiant for battle, and thought marriage would weaken their resolve to die for Rome. Legend has it that Valentinus sent a note to his jailer’s daughter before his death, encouraging her faith, and signed it, “from your Valentine”.

A Poem for all my Valentines.

A Day of Many Loves

I cannot lump

My loves together

In a golden, honey pot.

 

My heart’s entwined

By singular threads

I will not fight to loosen.

 

Should I recoil

From sacred heat

That binds and seals with fire?

 

I will not ask

To be unwound and

Left unstrung to sing alone.

 

Each string I touch

Vibrates with song

My soul leans close to listen.

 

Fettered and free’s

The heart that sings

And dreams with wings unfurled.

 

Don’t forget to say I love you to those who least expect it, to those who hardly ever hear these words, and to those who find it difficult to believe they are cherished.